The Louisiana Third Circuit Court of Appeal convened in Lafayette today, offering local students a chance to see how an appellate court works.
The Court will convene in Lafayette again tomorrow, October 11, at 9:30 a.m. in the LITE Center.
Oral arguments were heard before Chief Judge Gene Thibodeaux, Judges Shannon Gremillion and Candyce Perret today, and will be heard before Judges Sylvia Cooks, John Conery and Kent Savoie on October 11th.
Each year the Third Circuit convenes in a venue away from its home in Lake Charles providing educational outreach to high school students.
This year approximately 400 students from Lafayette area schools will receive instruction on the workings of the Court of Appeal from the Judges of the court.
The schools include St. Thomas More Catholic High School, Northside High School and The Episcopal School of Acadiana High School.
The event includes actual case arguments, but before that the Judges talk to the students about how the judicial system works and explain the facts of the cases that are to be argued.
“We’ve invited some of the local schools, our hope is to educate students on the legal system and how the judicial system works. For a lot of children, their first exposure is what they see on TV, which is not necessarily accurate,” Perret said. “We hope some students may be inspired to be lawyers or judges.”